Athlete Of The Week: Dallas’ Lauren Charlton
Dallas’ Lauren Charlton has worked hard to make her game more well-rounded on the basketball court, and early results would indicate that hard work is paying off.
Charlton was named MVP of the Valley West Tip-Off Classic after scoring 14 and 18 points, respectively, in victories over Honesdale and West Scranton. She also scored 16 points against Old Forge in a non-league match.
As a result, the sophomore was named The Citizens’ Voice Athlete of the Week, presented by Surgical Specialists of Wyoming Valley. She spoke to us about the Mountaineers’ strong start to the season.
Q: What did it mean to be named MVP of the tournament and for your team to pick up a couple of early wins?
A: It was really exciting. We all really lift each other up, so that was important for all of us. It was a team win, not only just me, so it was really nice.
Q: You play on an AAU team as well during the offseason; how did it feel to see that translate into the high school season?
A: It was really good for me, because I was a guard this summer and I’ve always been a center and the big girl. I was taught how to dribble the ball and have better court vision, and I think that really played into this past week. It helped a lot.
Q: What part of your game would you say is most improving so far this season?
Definitely my ballhandling is starting to develop. Just from over the summer, I definitely got a lot more experience with it.
Q: Have you tried to make any personal adjustments since your freshman year?
A: I’m just trying to boost my confidence a little, and kind of like keep my head up when I mess up and keep going. That’s what I like about my team, too: We all just lift each other up.
Q: Starting as a freshman, how did you handle the pressure of your role?
A: I was extremely nervous, like I was actually shaking. But everyone kind of comforted me, and it was a good experience.
Q: What would you say is the team’s outlook after getting those first few wins?
A: It definitely boosted our confidence for the rest of the season. We’ll go into these next games definitely confident and just ready for the whole season.
GETTING TO KNOW LAUREN
Family: Mother, Lynne; father, William; sister, Claire; brothers, Alex and Zach
Favorite school subject: Biology
Favorite book: “All the Light We Cannot See”
Favorite movie: “The Mighty Macs”
Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy”
Favorite music artist: A Boogie wit da Hoodie
Favorite food: Acai fruit
Favorite junk food: Frozen yogurt
Favorite sport to follow: Basketball
Favorite teams: Villanova men’s and women’s basketball
Favorite athlete: Ben Simmons
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Favorite color: Blue
Away from the court, Lauren likes to ... be with her family.
If Lauren could switch places with any athlete for a day, she would switch with ... Felicity Palmateer.
If Lauren could meet anyone in history, it would be ... Abraham Lincoln.
If Lauren could travel anywhere in the world, she would go to ... Iceland to see the Northern Lights.
Lauren’s favorite thing about basketball is ... her teams and the friendships she’s made.
For Lauren, the most difficult thing about basketball is ... conditioning.
One thing Lauren couldn’t live without is ... her family.
Lauren’s biggest role models have been ... her mom and nana.
One word that best describes Lauren is ... sweet.
Lauren’s biggest fear is ... snakes.
One skill Lauren doesn’t have, but wishes she did, is ... the ability to dunk.
If Lauren could have one superpower, it would be ... shapeshifting.
If a movie were made about Lauren’s life, she would be played by ... Katherine Heigl.
Growing up, Lauren wanted to be ... a doctor.
In terms of future plans, Lauren ... will continue playing AAU basketball. She hopes to play in college as well before going to medical school and becoming a doctor.
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